Wills & Lasting Powers of Attorney
Making a Will can be one of the most important things we will ever do, whether we have children or not.
Unfortunately many people never do.
Ensuring your family, or those close to you, are provided for and your assets are divided according to your wishes, rather than the arbitrary rules of Intestacy, offers peace of mind. Our solicitors offer advice and will drafting services to take into account your wishes as well as advising on the impact of Inheritance Tax and how best to plan your estate. We can draft your Will in accordance with your wishes and offer free will storage. Our solicitors can see you in the office or offer to visit you at home.
We are proud to be able to offer free wills to those over the age of 55 in conjunction with Cancer Research UK.
Please contact us for more information and to make an appointment.
Lasting Powers of Attorney
No one wishes to dwell on any scenario that may leave us mentally incapable of dealing with our own affairs but the provision of a Lasting Power of Attorney means you can plan for the worst whilst concentrating on the best. A Lasting Power of Attorney allows you to nominate individuals who can act on your behalf in relation to your financial arrangements or your health and welfare should you be unable to. These documents are registered with the Office of the Public Guardian and can bring peace of mind to family, knowing that your affairs can be managed efficiently if the worst were to happen.
Applications to the Court of Protection
Becoming mentally incapable without having previously made a Lasting Power of Attorney, can leave those close to you with the daunting tasking of making an application to the Court of Protection. We can assist with such applications, advise as to the process and provide the professional support your loved ones may need if this type of application is required.
Probate & Estate Administration
Dealing with the estate of a deceased loved one takes time, care, skill and empathy. Simmonds Hurford have extensive experience enabling us to guide you through these distressing times.
From offering services on specific aspects of obtaining probate and administering an estate, to dealing with estates in their entirety, we understand that no two cases, or families are alike and our approach is tailored accordingly. Knowing that your loved one’s assets are being professionally administered and distributed according to their wishes can often provide valuable peace of mind.
Where the administration of an estate is shadowed by a dispute, whether it is contesting the will or an application under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, we can assist by offering representation to individuals or to the estate itself.
Please contact us to discuss the matter and see further details on our Litigation page.